Observations and comments from the site visits and public
meeting were then developed by the SAB and forwarded to
the IJC under separate cover, based on the meeting
summary, the SAB noted that community support and
interest in the Maumee Area of Concern are outstanding,
reflecting long established commitment, effective local
leadership and the efforts of a locally based Remedial
Action Plan coordinator who has greatly facilitated and
assisted the planning process.  The planned termination of
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this position could significantly affect the ability of the
community to sustain the momentum and local
volunteerism to achieve future progress.
While some research support from local universities is
evident, an opportunity exists for greater research involve-
ment with the community if a formal research plan and
strategy were developed to facilitate scientific partnerships,
collaboration and cooperation that would serve to identify
and address Remedial Action Plan research needs.  A
Maumee Remedial Action Plan Science Advisory Board
could fulfill an important advisory role to the local plan-
ning process. Access to major grants is often based on
public/private partnerships that address long-term issues
related to real community needs. The result would be a
strengthened linkage of science and policy in support of
restoration.
Overall progress based on voluntary actions, limited
resources and extensive local support from Ohio EPA and
U.S. EPA has been significant. For final delisting to occur
however, there are large-scale, long-term challenges, such
as final clean up on the Ottawa River to protect human,
wildlife and fish health, which will require increased
resources and significant support from senior levels of
government to achieve restoration. The impact of the
Ottawa and Maumee rivers on Maumee Bay (Lake Erie)
sediment loads needs to be addressed as part of the
Remedial Action Plan.
A role for the IJC was identified to assist Area of Concern
coordinators with information sharing, and better report-
ing of Remedial Action Plan successes, in order to promote
Remedial Action Plan implementation and restoration
efforts more effectively throughout the basin.
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